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drank 2019 Gold 8 by White2Tea
22 tasting notes

Dry Leaf aroma – Copenhagen, Nicotine, Menthol, and Pepper

Aroma – Celery seed/Old Bay/Green
1st steep – Hits you right up front with the bitterness. Green. Green banana peel. Tongue drying. Coats tongue and mouth. Body of the tea is heavy, and thick… The bitterness continues, even between steeps.

2nd – Bitterness advancing still… green watermelon skin, and rhine. Still thick, and mouth coating. Vibrant, and unrefined. Green, yellow, bitterness. Raw Acorns. Brews a hazy gold/yellow. pepperoncini bite, and bitterness.

3rd – Energy from the tea making itself present. Oregano, woody, thyme. Herbal flavors. Bitter herb. Acorns still. Some bay leaf. A big tea. Still very thick.

4th – Flash of old bay, and bitterness clings to your mouth. I feel like the first sip is still hanging around as far as bitterness goes. This thing is not giving up. Its very focused, straight assault of bitterness. Raw acorns. Drying, and relentless in its mission. The air seems to move the bitterness around your mouth, as you breathe. The body is still heavy, and bracing. The tea is demanding your attention. It is not a casual drinker.

5th – The bitterness has not let up in the slightest. Constant lingering bitterness. A visceral experience. Flattening out as far as nuance flavors are going away, NOT the bitterness, or it is just palate wrecking. Either way, its narrowing in its spectrum of flavors. The tea is getting to my head.

All in all. What a trip. I got owned by this tea. This is not for the faint. I mean that with great regard for the tea, I feel like this is a young buck, and may have a lot o offer in the future. This is a potent, rich, energizing tea. As of right now, no way a casual drinker. I’ve enjoyed it, I think mostly as a new experience in tea. If this was how all the teas were it would be exhausting, and cloying. Like eating too much fudge, over- indulging in something too sweet or too savory you need a break. With this it never does it is relentless. I’m throwing in the towel…

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Flavors: Biting, Bitter, Bitter Melon, Celery, Dill, Drying, Grass, Green, Green Pepper, Herbaceous, Thyme

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 4 OZ / 110 ML
derk

I haven’t dug into White2Tea’s 2019s yet this year. This one might tick me over into buying some samples and considering this one for storage. Sounds similar to my experience with the first iteration of SWINEDOG76.

Loot

This and green hype have been the only two that have done anything for me in my large batch that I got. It is pretty affordable so I figured it wasn’t a huge risk.

derk

Cool, I’ll have to check out Green Hype, too. The 2017 Big Green Hype didn’t agree with me at all; maybe the 2019 will be kinder.

Dragoran

I’ve so far enjoyed this year’s Hype a lot less than previous ones; however, I was a big fan of the last two years’ releases, so it may do the trick for you.

In other news, I’m seriously considering tonging this tea, given the price and how much I enjoy it.

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derk

I haven’t dug into White2Tea’s 2019s yet this year. This one might tick me over into buying some samples and considering this one for storage. Sounds similar to my experience with the first iteration of SWINEDOG76.

Loot

This and green hype have been the only two that have done anything for me in my large batch that I got. It is pretty affordable so I figured it wasn’t a huge risk.

derk

Cool, I’ll have to check out Green Hype, too. The 2017 Big Green Hype didn’t agree with me at all; maybe the 2019 will be kinder.

Dragoran

I’ve so far enjoyed this year’s Hype a lot less than previous ones; however, I was a big fan of the last two years’ releases, so it may do the trick for you.

In other news, I’m seriously considering tonging this tea, given the price and how much I enjoy it.

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I’m an Audio Engineer, I travel quite frequently, so tasting notes will be intermittent, and from all over. I’m a fairly new to Puerh, and Puerh is what I’ll be mainly drinking. I’m still in the search for a good travel setup. I’ve already lost a gaiwan lid. RIP.

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Review Ratings:

100-90: A tea I can lose myself into. Something about it makes me slow down and appreciate not only the tea but all of life or a moment in time. If it’s a bagged or herbal tea, it’s of standout quality in comparison to similar items.
89-80: Fits my profile well enough to buy again.
79-70: Not a preferred tea. I might buy more or try a different harvest. Would gladly have a cup if offered.
69-60: Not necessarily a bad tea but one that I won’t buy again. Would have a cup if offered.
59-1: Lacking several elements, strangely clunky, possess off flavors/aroma/texture or something about it makes me not want to finish.
Unrated: Haven’t made up my mind or some other reason. If it’s puerh, I likely think it needs more age.

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